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Body-Hacking: The Benefits and Unintended...05/25/15
Wearable devices are big business ? sold as a way to develop healthier habits. But critics say the urge for self-awareness can make users slaves to technology ? and that sharing intimate personal information can make them vulnerable to exploitation.
Public Radio, Capitalism and Native Advertising
Public radio tells listeners it depends on them, not corporate advertising. Now Ira Glass, of This America Life, says "public radio is ready for capitalism." Newspapers are running ads that look just like their stories. In the age of podcasting and...
Can America's Infrastructure Get Back on Track?
America's highways and railroads were once the envy of the rest of the world, but they've become decidedly second rate. Meantime, Congress is deadlocked ? not just over funding the transportation system but what its goals should be.
ISIS and the Fall of Ramadi: Who's to Blame?
ISIS, the so-called Islamic State, has seized Ramadi, a major Iraqi City ? creating new challenges for the governments of Iraq and the United States. We hear what it could mean on the ground ? and for America's presidential campaign.
The Biggest Outbreak of Bird Flu in American History
America's poultry industry is under assault as never before from bird flu. It's thought to have started with migrating wild geese, but nobody knows why it's spreading. So far, there's no threat to the food supply, but prices could be on the rise and...
The Pope, the Palestinians and Middle-East Peace
Under the leadership of Pope Francis, the Vatican has joined 135 countries in recognizing a Palestinian state. Will it be more than a boost for Palestinian morale? We hear Israeli reaction and the possible consequences in Europe and elsewhere in the...
Are the Democrats Suffering an Identity Crisis?
President Obama has attacked union leaders and senators of his own party in unusually personal terms. Even former House speaker Nancy Pelosi says it's harder for Democrats to love each other than it used to be. How deep is the split between centrist...
Shell's Risky Return to the Arctic
President Obama has advocated alternatives to fossil fuels, but when it comes to US sources of energy, he's also been careful to consider "all of the above." Now he's approved exploratory oil drilling in parts of the Arctic Ocean ? to the outrage of...
Sugar Daddies, Super PAC's and Winning the White House
With campaign spending limits almost a thing of the past, candidates for the White House are lining up billionaires, giving a very few people unprecedented political power. Who are they? Is their influence a threat to democracy?
Obama's Camp David Fumble with Gulf Leaders
Israel's not the only American ally worried about a US nuclear deal with Iran. Saudi Arabia and other Arab Gulf States won't be sending their most senior leaders to what was hailed as a historic "summit" with President Obama this week at Camp David.
The Prosecutor's Role in Mass Incarceration
America's "crackdown on crime" has led to mass incarceration ? with black Americans imprisoned out of proportion to their place in the population. We talk to the DA in Milwaukee and others about racial inequality and the role of prosecutors in the...
Legal Highs with Lethal Consequences
They?re called Legal Highs, drugs that mimic illegal substances like marijuana and cocaine, but are just chemically different enough to pass through customs on their way from labs in China and India. Now they?re causing a rash of overdoses in cities...
Clinton Foundation Scandal: Smear Campaign or Selling...
As Hillary Clinton campaigns for the White House, attacks on the Clinton Family Foundation are simmering in the media. Is a real scandal about to emerge or is it what Hillary calls the "right wing conspiracy" all over again?
Will the Unions Support Meaningful Police Reform?
Deadly incidents involving police have sparked major protests in several American cities. Local police unions may no longer be able to resist reforms. Is civilian oversight the answer? What should it look like?
The Changing Landscape on the Wage Debate
Income inequality has been economic reality in America for decades. Now it's a political hot potato. As Democrats push for an increase in the minimum wage, can Hillary Clinton match the claims of Republican rivals to be "just like ordinary Americans?"
Big Food Targets the Socially Conscious
Chipotle is making its burritos GMO-free, but some scientists are not impressed. As Big Food goes greener will it cater to consumers' health perceptions at the expense of science, and what effects will it have on the nation's food supply chain.
Homicide Charges in Baltimore
The Maryland State Attorney for Baltimore today charged six police officers with crimes ranging from assault to second degree murder in the death of Freddie Gray. Demonstrators in Baltimore are cheering that quick action. We look at what's next in the...
Pope Francis Goes Green, but Will the Flock Follow?
The Vatican is weighing in on the fight against global climate change -- with Pope Francis at the lead -- how will the world's billion plus Catholics react? Could it tip the scales of the environmental movement to curb greenhouse emissions?
Obama Calls for "Soul Searching" in Baltimore
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan says Baltimore has "turned a corner" since recent violence, but the streets are still full of protesters against police abuse, racism and economic inequality.
Same-Sex Marriage: Who Should Decide?
As the US Supreme Court considers same-sex marriage, Justice Anthony Kennedy is considered the "swing vote." Today, he was the first to ask if the court should wait to assess the impact of sudden change on an age-old institution. We'll hear about a...
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